As parents reading with your child is vital. Research shows that it’s the single most important thing you can do to help your child’s education. You are your child’s most influential adult with an important part to play in helping your child to learn to read.
Here are some suggestions on how you can help to make this a positive experience.
Choose a quiet time
Set aside a quiet time with no distractions. Try to read with your child on most school days. ‘Little and often’ is best.
Help your child to make links
Compare ideas in stories or non-fiction books with things you’re child has experienced, so your child starts to make connections between these things and their own experiences: ‘Remember when we visited the beach, it was hot and there were children building sandcastles. It was a fun day….’
If your child says something nearly right to start with that is fine. Rather than constantly picking up their mistakes suggest ‘Let’s read it together’ and point to the words as you say them. Boost your child’s confidence with praise for even the smallest achievement.
Visit the Library
Encourage your child to use the public library regularly, there is a whole world of books available and allow your child to choose a books which relate to their interests, even if it is too tricky for them to read perhaps you can read it to them or just discuss the pictures.
Talk about the books
There is more to being a good reader than just being able to read the words accurately. Just as important is being able to understand what has been read. Always talk to your child about the book; about the pictures, the characters, how they think the story will end or their favourite part. You will then be able to see how well they have understood and you will help them to develop good comprehension skills.
And lastly and above all – make it fun! It doesn’t matter how you read with your child, just as long as you both enjoy the time together.